Author Archives: Peter Terzian

The Art of Seduction

By Peter Mendelsund and Peter Terzian Illustrations by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin Call it the design world’s dirty little secret: Getting a client’s approval sometimes means relying on more than brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed comps. In desperate times (and aren’t they all, these days?), when faced with the objections of intractable, unimaginative,...

Four of Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan’s 20 Immutable Theories of Cover Design

Earlier this month, London-based book jacket designers Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan led a packed auditorium—with a healthy share of New York-based book jacket designers—on a funny, self-deprecating guided tour of their “Twenty Immutable Theories of Cover Design.” Reading tag-team style from a script, Keenan and Gray recalled their meeting in 1997, when they...

The Hypothetical Library: Fictional Covers for Real Writers

— In The Sandman, the series of comic books by Neil Gaiman, there is a library of books that exist only in their authors’ dreams. This concept of non-existent books inspired Charles Orr, an advertising executive who designs real-life book covers, to create jackets for the never-realized or newly imagined projects of contemporary writers....

Oliver Munday

[Ed note: Print will be featuring one New Visual Artist per day while the issue is on newsstands. Keep checking back every weekday for new profiles on printmag.com. You can view the entire list of winners here.] Three-dimensional alphabet created from melted plastic army figures. Title: Designer, illustrator  From: Washington, D.C. Lives in: Washington, D.C. Age: 25 URL: olivermunday.com ...

OK-RM

[Ed note: Print will be featuring one New Visual Artist per day while the issue is on newsstands. Keep checking back every weekday for new profiles on printmag.com. You can view the entire list of winners here.] Spread from the companion book to Susan Collins’s “Seascape,” 2009. Title: Collaborative Design Practice  From: London Lives in: London Age: 28...

The Painted Book

Lately, a handful of well-read visual artists have looked to book design—specifically, the classic covers of the 20th century—as a source of raw material and inspiration. Some paint book covers straight up, carefully replicating type and illustration, as well as the marks of wear and tear on particular copies. Others alter existing designs or...

100 Years of Howards End

— On the first page of E.M Forster’s novel Howards End, which turns 100 years old this year, is a description of the English country house at the center of the book: “Old and little, and altogether delightful—red brick … all gables and wiggles” and surrounded by trees, “a very big wych-elm … pear-trees,...

Ceci n’est pas un gadget

— “I love package design that makes the packaging look like other things,” says Olly Moss, a 22-year-old British graphic designer. “I know it’s cheesy, but something about me just loves that little joke.” For Moss’ first book design commission, he made the jacket of Jaron Lanier’s self-described manifesto You Are Not a Gadget—published...

Kill Your Darlings, Ctd: Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs

— Barbara de Wilde, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, has designed the jackets of Lorrie Moore’s novels and story collections dating back to Like Life, in 1990. For the cover of A Gate at the Stairs, Moore’s first book in a decade, de Wilde initially contacted Daniel Hertzberg, whose illustrations she had...

Redesigning Nabokov: How Limitations Can Be a Designer’s Best Friend

— Publishers routinely outfit their backlist titles—the books that have been kicking around for years but still sell—with new jackets, hoping that an updated design will keep a classic book afloat in an easily distracted market. But Vintage Books has done something altogether different with the works of Vladimir Nabokov, timed to coincide with...